The SNMP Service allows inbound Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) requests to be serviced by the local computer. This service includes agents that monitor activity in network devices and report to the network console workstation. It also provides a way to manage network hosts such as workstation or server computers, routers, bridges, and hubs from a centrally located computer that runs network management software. SNMP performs management services through a distributed architecture of management computers and agents.
The SNMP Service also includes an SNMP agent that allows remote, centralized management of computers and services.
The SNMP Service is only installed on the computer if you manually install the optional SNMP feature. If the SNMP service stops or if you disable it, the computer no longer responds to SNMP requests. If the computer is being monitored by network management tools that rely on SNMP, they cannot collect data from the computer nor control its functionality through the service.
When this service is installed, its startup type is Automatic.
When the SNMP Service is started in its default configuration, it logs on by using the Local System account.